TTJ Announces Extended Hours for Holiday Shoppers!

The Tech Juggernaut just announced a major Black Friday Promotion on TTJ services. Now, we are pleased to also announce that we will have extended phone hours for anyone interested in shopping for tech over the Thanks Giving and Black Friday weekend. Call us to take advantage of free shopping assistance, beginning at 6PM Eastern on Thursday, running straight through till 2AM that night. Then, Friday, Saturday, and Cyber Monday, we will be open from 10 AM to midnight each day. During this time, call us at 814-287-9178 to find the best deals on all the tech you want. We will be  scouring the internet for the best discounts from all our favorite stores, so you will always get the most bang for your buck. We can’t wait to serve you this holiday season.

TTJ Black Friday Promo: Save Up to $130 on Select Packages

The Thanks Giving holiday is fast approaching once again, and with it, the holiday shopping season, beginning with Black Friday. This year, The Tech Juggernaut is pleased to offer major savings for our customers purchasing TTJ services. From 6PM on Thursday, November 28, through 11:59 PM on Monday, December 2, 2019, customers who purchase both our Premium Support One Year package and our TTJ Thirty Hour Gold Training Package will receive huge savings. This combination of services normally costs $400, during this special promotion, we will instantly take $100 off the price, for a new low of just $300 for both services.

Sound awesome? That’s not all. If you use Apple Pay Cash to pay for these services, we will take an additional 10% off, for a grand new low of just $270.00. That’s a savings of $130 on our best services. Purchasing just one service? You’ll still receive 20% off, plus an additional 5% off if you use Apple Pay Cash. Plus, contact us for free shopping assistance, so you can get the best deals on all of your gadgets, like Apple iPads, other Apple products, accessories, appliances, and more. Stay tuned for our extended hours announcement and our upcoming holiday gift guide to learn more, and give us a call during our Black Friday promotion to take advantage of all these benefits.

Big Day for Apple as Several Updates Are Released

Apple today released updates to iOS and iPad OS 13.2. Software updates were also released for the AppleTV. Rounding out today’s updates was the HomePod Software update.

Today’s updates saw the addition of several new features, including the ability to have Siri announce incoming messages on AirPods automatically, new Emoji, new HomeKit options, new Siri privacy features, and more. Additionally, new features, such as Handoff, voice recognition, ambient sounds, and more arrived on the HomePod. Stay tuned to this blog for tips on all the new features.

Apple also announced the new AirPods Pro, available to order immediately for $249. The AirPods Pro will supplement the existing AirPods, with a new model, featuring noise canceling features, higher sound quality, and multiple tips to accommodate just about any size ear.

This has been an incredible year for Apple already, with new hardware, software, and services released in basically every category throughout the year, and with AppleTV Plus scheduled for release this Friday, it doesn’t look like things will be slowing down any time soon. There are even a few, as yet unreleased products rumored to be in the pipeline. These include the much-anticipated Mac Pro, a new 16 inch MacBook, and more. There is even evidence of the potential release of a device tracker that can be placed on keys, remotes, and more, similar to the Tile products, though this has not been confirmed by a Apple at this point. Either way, there’s never been a better time to be an Apple user than right now.

The Notification Center on a Apple OS Device: Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 28, 2019

The Notification Center on a Apple OS Device: Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 28, 2019

The Notification Center is a feature in iOS and macOS that provides an overview of alerts from applications.  It displays notifications until the user completes

an associated action, rather than requiring instant resolution.  Users may choose what applications appear in Notification Center, and how they are handled.

Customize your notifications Every time a text, call or email comes when we receive a notification on our home screen.  Unless we switch it off, many apps will send us updates as well.  There are other ways to receive these notifications.  Choose your own notification style by going to Settings, then Notifications, and select the app you want to change notifications for.  Select from different Alerts, Banner Style, Sounds and more.  Now, if you want to make receiving an email sound like a horn honking or receiving a text message that sounds like a duck quacking, you can.  You can use these alerts to differentiate the various notifications, so you can decide which ones deserve immediate attention.

To open the Notification Center, when running VoiceOver:

Swipe down to the second vibration to open the Notification Center.

Along with each vibration is an audible blip sound which can be quite helpful. There is also a blip when you first place your finger on the top or bottom edge of the phone.

Note:  You can still use the gesture of swiping down with three fingers to open the Notification Center: after you have brought focus to any item on the Status Bar.

How to access Lock screen notifications on your iPhone and iPad

The Lock screen is the screen you see when you first wake up your iPhone, whether it’s by pressing the Side button or by lifting your iPhone to wake it up.  It’s also where your notifications pop up.  So, even if you’re sitting on the couch and your iPhone is on the coffee table, your screen will wake up just long enough to show you a text message, email notification, weather alert, or other notification.

You have complete control over what apps send you notifications.  You can disable them entirely, select specific apps to receive notifications from, and even set up how much of a text message you want to be viewable on your iPhone.

IOS 13 Tip 7: Listen to Live Radio

With an Apple Music membership, you have access to more than fifty million songs whenever you want them. You can also listen to personalized, curated radio stations across numerous genres, as well as the live internet radio station Beats One. Now however, even more options are available to all Apple users in the latest software. You can now listen to live radio stations on your iPad, iPhone, AppleTV, HomePod, iPod Touch, and Mac. Just open the Music app, choose the Radio tab, then scroll down until you see, “Broadcast Radio”. From there you will be able to choose from over one hundred thousand radio stations. Not all radio stations are available. To be available, the radio station must support an internet broadcast through an app like iHeart Radio, Radio.Com, or TuneIn. As stated, more than one hundred thousand radio stations do support this, so you should have no trouble finding some of your favorites across all genres, from all around the world.

Listening on a HomePod? just ask Siri. On all Apple devices, just specify the radio station, and Siri will play it for you. For example, say something like, “Play 98.1 the Breeze”. Happy listening, and stay tuned to our blog and our Podcast for even more tips coming soon.

An Introduction to Living the Connected Digital Life – Clean Recording and Dabel Link

Our second free course of the training season has begun. In this course, you will learn how to have all your digital content available to you on all your devices, no matter where you go. We will discuss iCloud, cutting the cord with AppleTV, home automation, security devices, and much more. Here is the live stream link, and the clean recording, for our first session. Enjoy.

Listen on Dabel01-cdl.m4a

Stop apps from following your location:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 7, 2019

Stop apps from following your location:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for October 7, 2019

There is a new suite of privacy tools in Apple’s latest mobile software, from minimizing location sharing to silencing robo calls. it is wise to keep the software for your devices updated. For iPhones, that’s especially true now. That’s because Apple’s iOS 13, the most recent mobile software for iPhones has arrived.  the features in the iOS software update offer many new tools that help safeguard our digital privacy. There are several new privacy features.


Note These instructions were written for sighted persons, who are not using voiceOver.  If you are using VoiceOver:  when the instructions say “Tap on an item”, perform a one finger double tap



Unknown to many of us, thousands of apps have been collecting our location data and selling the information to advertisers, retailers and hedge funds. New buttons in iOS 13 help address this issue. In the past, when opening a newly downloaded app that wanted access to your location, you had the option of always sharing location data, sharing it only when the app was in use or never sharing location. Now when you open an app that is asking for your location, you can tap ‘Allow Once. If you tap it, you are explicitly giving the app permission to share your location that one time. That eliminates the app’s ability to continue pulling your location data in the background when you are not using it. 

iOS 13 now requires that apps ask for permission to gain access to your Bluetooth sensor, the chip that you typically use to wirelessly connect to accessories like earphones. That can stop many retailers and brands that have deployed Bluetooth-sensing beacons throughout their physical stores from knowing when you have entered their location. For apps that clearly don’t use this sensor for anything other than detecting your location. You may choose to reject access. There’s one more important new feature in iOS 13 related to location sharing that has to do with your camera. When you take photos, the camera records metadata by default, including where the photo was taken. Photo apps use this feature to automatically organize your photo albums by place. But if you share an image containing location metadata on social media or in messages, you could give away sensitive information like where you live or work. With iOS 13, you can strip metadata from a photo before sharing it. In the Photos app, you choose the photo and tap the icon of a square with an arrow pointing upward. Then click Options, and for the option that says Location, switch it to the off position. Then you can share the photo without revealing your whereabouts. 

There are new controls for limiting the location data shared with apps so you can better protect your privacy. You can allow apps to access your location one time only, and Apple will provide more notice when apps are using your location in the background. 

Location Restrictions

In iOS 13, users have more control over how and when apps access their location data. There’s a new option to allow an app to use a person’s location just one time, with a requirement to ask again when the next time it wants to use location data. 

Apple is also now sending notifications when apps are using location data in the background, so you can choose to turn off location tracking for that app if desired. When you receive these notifications, you’ll see just how much location data has been collected, and where it was collected.